vintage: born in the late 50’s; origin: grew up in Levin (100km north of Wellington), they say good things come out of Levin! school: from Fairfield Primary School, to Hort Science @ Massey then later a Theology degree at BCNZ (now Laidlaw College) in Auckland; lives with: Gillian (the wife), Jack (the cat) & Ceri (the dog). Mike Robb is trying very hard to coerce us into cohabiting with some chickens too, but no luck so far!
passions in-house? I love creating an environment where people can grow & achieve their God given potential. I’m passionate about the church being all that God intended. Isaiah 60:1-2a is a life scripture for me; passions down-time? I love growing things that you can eat, fishing of any kind, golf, trying to fly, just got Rock Band for Xbox 360; favourite quote: We are to be salt that brings out God’s flavour in the world & light that reveals God’s amazing colour & creativity.
origins: ChCh-born, schooled & nurse trained; any religious traditions? Anglican roots—my father was a minister, I’m very thankful for the Christian input; who do you live with: Mike (hubby), one daughter, son-in-law & grandson next door, lots of coming & going of our other four adult children; what do you do for a job? I work part-time as a B4 School nurse & am involved in ChCh & Cambodia providing medical care.
beyond the facts:
mini bio : Since marrying in 1980, I’ve been involved in missions in Papua New Guinea, Golden Bay, Dunedin, Cambodia & now back in ChCh. In 2008, I completed Spiritual Director training & Return to Nursing @ CPIT; books: I love reading—too many books to name! movies: Patch Adams, Signs, Les Mis … music: I grew up with musicals—Jesus Christ Superstar, Queen, Godspell. My favourite is Les Miserables; your passion: To foster connection of people with one another and with God.
vintage: late‘70’s edition; origins: genuine Cantabrian; where you live: sunny South Brighton; how long have you been at westside? Over a decade now! what keeps you coming to westside? I feel like I belong; who do you live with? my three gorgeous daughters – Estella-Maris, Caoimhe & Eden, my lovely new husband, Len, and our dog, Buster; job: Westside’s central cog; what is your dream job? working with words – editing, writing, reading, linguistics, world Scrabble Champion ... I just love words.
beyond the facts:
I’m a book snob – I’ll read (nearly) anything as long as it’s well written; music: I think life is much better with a sound track, so I’m always playing something; favourite quote: Do not be too moral. You might cheat yourself out of much life. Aim high above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something. Thoreau; holiday: I’d just like to have one, full stop! if you could travel anywhere, where would you go? I’d start with Ireland; three adjectives that best describe you: busy, busy, busy; personal motto or mantra: never trust a man in white boots, unless it’s the Lone Ranger.
origins: Warkworth, Auckland; school: Beckenham Primary to Otago Uni Medical School—clinical years in Christchurch, then studied at BCNZ (now Laidlaw College) in Auckland for three years; who do you live with? Michael (the husband), Jack & Ceri (the domestic zoo); career: started as GP in Levin, short term in Auckland, part time in Paraparaumu, full time in Wellington to support us when we replanted the church there in 2000. Now working part time at Belfast North Mediqual & enjoying having time to work with Michael (Brown—the Westside Michael’s need a numbering system!) in Westside; roots & traditions: Made my first commitment to Jesus aged four—Dad was a Methodist minister, but I was lured to Levin Apostolic by the charms of a certain tall gentleman … outside of work: I enjoy a spot of gardening, walking the dog – for her benefit & mine, & I love creating a home where people can come & feel comfortable with us; favourites: a good novel, a glorious sunset, time with my family & travel—I’d go anywhere, as long as it’s well organised (preferably by me!)
vintage: 1957; where you live: I live in Bromley with Ruth, the occasional adult child, & six chickens; other places you’ve lived: Rangiora, Papua New Guinea, Cambodia, Golden Bay, Paraparaumu, Dunedin, Mataura; religion(s) or tradition(s) you grew up with: Nothing I can think of! Ruth & I have been with the Apostolic Church /ACTS Network since 1980; how long have you been at westside? About four years & counting; what keeps you coming to westside? God is here, so I turn up ! God turns up, so I am here!
beyond the facts:
books: I REALLY like “No man in Eden” by Harold Myra. Adrian Plass is pretty cool too! music: 70’s rock, Jethro Tull, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Queen, Santana, Jimmy Barnes, Les Miserable, Handel’s Messiah; dream holiday: Somewhere I can fish & read! hobbies / passions / obsessions: watching rugby & movies, reading books (theology or novels); camping & hiking or minimal action? Going bush & fishing; if you could travel anywhere, where would you go? To another inhabitable planet; what are your plans for the future? To plan for my future! I love to teach Christian principles/doctrine/missions/leadership & plan to do more of it in future both in NZ & overseas; personal motto or mantra: “It’s a good life if you don’t weaken.”